18 June 2020
The web chat on Business, the Economy, and Livelihoods in a COVID-19 World marked the last ‘Right On’ online event before the summer break. The series will resume in September, at the pace of one online event per month.
‘While the series was originally developed to keep the human rights discussion going during the COVID-19 crisis, we decided – due to its success and the fact that it allowed us to reach out to audiences outside Geneva – to keep it alive after the summer’ explains Felix Kirchmeier, Coordinator of the Geneva Human Rights Platform.
‘We will broaden the scope, which will not necessarily relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other issues, we will notably examine the human rights implications of post-COVID recovery plans’ underlines Natasa Perucica, Researcher at DiploFoundation.
From early April, 10 online events – which brought leading experts and practitioners including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet – allowed discussing the human rights dimensions and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the gendered impact of the crisis, challenges to privacy, consequences in conflict-related contexts, or business responsibilities during such health crisis.
‘When we look at the series, we can see that we managed to discuss some of the major challenges raised by the COVID-19 crisis. While we are now gradually moving back to normal, all these issues are still relevant as the impact of the crisis will last much longer’ underlines Marc Limon, Executive Director at the Universal Rights Group.
For those who did not manage to follow these events, they have all been recorded and can, therefore, be watched or re-watched at any time.
The series is a joint endeavour of a core group of partners: the Geneva Academy, the Geneva Human Rights Platform, the Universal Right Group, the DiploFoundation, the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, as well as the Permanent Missions of Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands to the United Nations in Geneva
‘More partners have joined us along the way, showing the worldwide relevance and interest for these type of online discussions’ stresses Andrew Fagan, Director of the Human Rights Centre at Essex University.
‘Both the attendance and interaction went beyond our expectations. More than 1000 participants contributed substantially on pressing issues, thus helping bring about new dynamics to human rights discussions’ underlines Jovan Kurbalija, Founding Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform.
The series has attracted particular interest among the youth, an important constituency for universal human rights, and allowed young people to ask questions to people like Michelle Bachelet.
Helmer Jonelid and Edward Millett – enrolled in our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights – represent this year the Geneva Academy at the 14th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.
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As the EU is revising its legislation on seed marketing, the Geneva Academy is inputting this process to ensure that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and its article 19 on the right to seeds are taken into account.
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This short course, which can be followed in Geneva or online, focuses on the specific issues that arise in times of armed conflict regarding the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights. It addresses key issues like the applicability of human rights in times of armed conflict; the possibilities of restricting human rights under systems of limitations and derogations; and the extraterritorial application of human rights law.
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